On Election Day, California voters approved Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, by a margin of 59% to 41%. In passing Prop 71, voters agreed to fund stem cell research at California hospitals, medical schools and universities to help develop potentially lifesaving therapies and cures for diseases that affect the lives of over 128 million Americans.
The Diabetes Center's second annual Pediatric Diabetes Symposium and Kids Kamp, held this year on Saturday, October 9 was a rousing success. Nearly 200 parents and children attended the symposium to learn the latest in diabetes research and clinical care from respected UCSF-affiliated researchers and clinicians, while the little ones enjoyed the Novo Nordisk-sponsored "Kids Kamp."
A brain protein already known to play a central role in the "feast or fast" signaling that controls the urge to eat has now been found to influence appetite in a second way. The discovery identifies a potential new target for drugs against obesity.
Even though Jason DeVoss, PhD has been working in Dr. Mark Anderson's lab for less than a year, he is already making his mark by creating a promising, new ophthalmology model that may make it easier to study diabetic complications in the eye.
As a young research investigator and clinician, Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, has wasted no time in making his mark in diabetes. First, he attracts worldwide attention by uncovering an important protein that helps immune cells learn how to recognize and avoid attacking the body's own tissue.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will award its highest honor for basic diabetes research to Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, an internationally recognized leader in autoimmunity research and the director of the Diabetes Center at UCSF. Bluestone will receive the Gerold & Kayla Grodsky Basic Science Award at a JDRF event May 21 in Manhattan.